I’m a Dutch designer based in London, where I run Studio Thor. My work re-defines public space, inventing products that enable natural or civic typologies to be transformed into tools, furniture, and solutions. I’m on a mission to challenge the value statement of a public location. Through my interventions, I try to enable everyone to re-think the rules of civic environments. My approach to design is practical and hands-on, which led me to become a skilled maker. For this, I advocate trough workshops and teaching at institutions in the UK and beyond.

Combining forces with other designers and makers we run a studio /workshop collective called Space 62. Together with long-term collaborator Adam Blencowe I design and make commissioned furniture for the private and the public sector.

My work as an industrial designer is available through product labels like Weltevree, Opendesk, and Shaper tools. I received my MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, London, and my BA Product Design from Artez in Arnhem, The Netherlands. My work has been exhibited internationally including at Dutch Design Week, The Moscow design Museum, MODA, Salone De Mobile, Aram Design Gallery, and The Wellcome Trust among others.

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